Local restaurants join ‘Dining Out for Life’ fundraiser

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More than 70 local restaurants will take part Thursday, April 6, in “Dining Out for Life,” an annual fundraiser that helps fight a range of life-challenging diseases.

The effort, now in its 29th year, benefits the nonprofit Food & Friends, which provides medically specialized meals and nutrition counseling to people suffering from HIV/AIDS, cancer and other debilitating diseases throughout the D.C. region.

The participating restaurants — which include Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse, Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, Comet Ping Pong, Le Chat Noir, Pesce, Bar Dupont, Blue 44, Logan Tavern and The Pig — will contribute between 25 and 110 percent of their lunch and/or dinner proceeds that Thursday, according to a news release. Last year the restaurants raised more than $150,000.

A full list of the restaurants and the percentages they’re contributing is available at foodandfriends.org/diningout.